FRUITFUL VISIT:  A delegation from Smart Innovation Norway has been to Romania to discuss possible collaboration within IT and energy projects.

The purpose of the visit was to enhance the transfer of research and development methods in energy-related clusters from Norway to Romania.

October 26, 2017

Smart Innovation Norway visits collaboration partner in Romania

This week the Norwegian delegation from Smart Innovation Norway (SIN) had their first bilateral collaboration with Romanian partners in Cluj-Napoca, which is the second largest city in Romania.

The visit is part of an EEA collaboration project between SIN and the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca.


Sharing R&D methods

The purpose of the visit was to enhance the transfer of research & development methods in energy-related clusters from Norway to Romania.

The delegation was received by the Vice-Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, by the industry members of an energy cluster called CREESC, and the other staff members of the municipality.

The Vice-Mayor, Mr. Dan Tarcea, presented the Norwegian delegation with a welcome note, and addressed the city’s main challenges.

The large increase in the number of cars in the city, the transportation needs, the energy efficiency in the old buildings, and mobility were some of the top priorities to be tackled.


Modern digital infrastructure

At the same time, the city has a modern digital infrastructure with 1 300 IT companies, and a total of 15 000 employed by this industry alone.

The opportunities available in the energy and building infrastructure, together with the availability of the advanced IT infrastructure in Cluj-Napoca, set a good basis for a Norwegian collaboration with the Romanian counterparts.


Effective financing schemes

The Norwegian delegation visited a modernized public school, and a newly established private school demonstrating the effective use of European financing schemes in the education sector.

Furthermore, a ceramic factor was visited, which was upgraded using the Norway Grants to modernize the industrial capacity of this country.

The visit was concluded by a workshop aimed to identify potential project ideas to achieve the Smart City vision of the municipality, and further utilize the Norwegian expertise to develop bilateral projects.


Mutual collaboration interests

The delegation also visited the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca and met several notable professors leading various European Commission’s funded projects.

The parties identified several areas of mutual co-operation and funding schemes. During this occasion, two IT clusters presented their capabilities, projects, and interest to collaborate with the Norwegian IT industry.